Herbert Heaney, Jr., who served on the Maywood school board for eleven years, died on April 13 of complications of COVID-19. He was 77. He served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam and was a Lt. Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves. He spent 36 years as a New Jersey State Police forensic scientist.
Inez Walsh, a former Verona councilwoman, died on April 10. She was 88. A member of the Waiters and Waitresses Union Local 108, she later took a job as a clerk-typist at the Essex County Hospital Center and served as he first woman vice president of the Essex County Employee Association. She served as a Democratic county committeewoman in Verona beginning in 1962 and later served as the Democratic municipal vice chair.
Bernard Chazen, a former Englewood school board member, died on April 11. He was 96. Chazen served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and served on the Board of Education from 1965 to 1969. He was the counsel to the Englewood Redevelopment Authority from 1970 to 1973, and was the associate editor of the New Jersey Law Journal from 1967 to 2008.
Joanne Futrell, a longtime copy editor for the Montclair Times before her retirement in 2015, died on April 7. She was 85.
Eileen Penell, a former Essex County Democratic committeewoman, died on April 13, six days before her 102nd birthday. She worked for the Essex County Geriatric Center and the Essex County Department of Public Works, and was a member of the John J. Giblin Association.
Edward “Pop” Morrison, a former Woodbury Heights councilman, died on April 7. He was 82.
Rita Nadler, who spent sixteen years on the Montclair Planning Board, died on April 8. She was 88. She practiced law for over 50 years, and following her retirement served as a docent at the Newark Museum.
Chuck Provenzano, a former Berkeley school board member, died on April 13. He was 53. He served as a corrections officer with the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office for 20 years and was a member of the Berkeley Township zoning board and Democratic Club.
Hank Cook, who spent 29 years on the Blairstown Board of Education, died on April 9. He was 76. A U.S. Army veteran, Cook was a volunteer firefighter and the Blairstown public works director.
Susan Joseph, a former Democratic county committeewoman in Maplewood, died on April 12. She was 61.
Alexander Glinksy, Sr., a former Democratic county committeeman in Edison, died on April 12. He was 88. A U.S. Army veteran during the Korean War, Glinsky spent 22 years as the Edison recycling coordinator.
Scott Piechoski, Sr., a former Runnemede planning board member, die don April 10. He was 55. Piechoski was a member of the Drywall Tapers Union Local 1976.
Peter Cipollini, who served as a firefighter in Maplewood, as a Newark police and Essex County Sheriff’s detective, died on April 13. He was 89. Cipollini served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War and the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, and helped write legislation that became the “Blue Heart Law Enforcement Assistance Program” to provide crisis intervention services for wounded and at-risk law enforcement officers.
Ruth Pizzarelli, the widow of jazz guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli and the sister of former Waldwick Mayor Buddy Litchult, died on April 8. She was 89. Her husband died one week earlier after 66 years of marriage.